Despite the 500 plus volunteers who came out and picked up over 300 bags of trash as part of the Lahaina Town cleanup just the previous week, our Blue’Aina crew still managed to find enough garbage around Lahaina Harbor to fill multiple bags. As part of every Blue’Aina outing, we take time to give back to the 'aina in addition to the ocean by collecting refuse left behind by the thousands of people who pass through. Once all the bags were collected and disposed of, we boarded TRILOGY I and made our way to Cliff House. After an hour of snorkeling, the only ocean trash we found was a plastic cup. ONE PLASTIC CUP!
Every year, Discovery Channel fans count down the days until the coveted SHARK WEEK begins. Though the Discovery Channel does show the terrifying strength of these cartilaginous fish, it also does a lot to recognize the importance of sharks in the marine ecosystem. Many people consider sharks as evil, frightening, large, scary creatures however, it is important to realize how vital sharks are to us.
The dates are set, vacation time granted, tickets purchased and as the days get crossed off the calendar the dream is becoming a reality: You are going to Hawaii! Just when you thought all the hard work of saving and coordinating was coming to a close the most mysterious of all tasks rears its ugly head. You need to pack.
Though some may not think of Mala Wharf as the most exciting place to snorkel much less conduct a cleanup, it should not be overlooked. The once bustling pier was destroyed by hurricane Iniki, leaving a dock that today serves as an artificial reef. Turtles, reef sharks, tropical fish and more flourish at the site, making it and important location to maintain.
When it comes to weather Hawaii is truly unlike anywhere else on the planet, and one of the most mystifying concepts for Maui visitors to wrap their head around is the way in which Maui's weather systems work.